Thursday, August 1
THE ROOSEVELT THEATER
Hailing from Los Angeles, 21-year-old performer August Eve is a modern-day multi-hyphenate: singer, songwriter, producer, director and boundary-pushing creative. Her distinctively bold sound—dark, melancholic pop melodies, soulful vocals and heartbreakingly cognizant lyrics—paint a vivid portrait of the young artist and all her lived experiences so far.
August Eve officially debuted on the scene via “Ghost,” a double single self-released in 2016. “Ghost” showcased her signature style: heart-rending vocals and moving lyrics set to downbeat rhythms and beautifully arranged melodies that together pull you to feel something deep down within your soul. As her grand debut, “Ghost” encapsulated August Eve’s all-encompassing, independent artistic vision. Like all her music, she’s the driving creative force behind “Ghost”: she wrote the lyrics, co-produced the song and played piano on the track. She also wrote, storyboarded and directed its official music video, an evocative visual that depicts a teenage love story gone tragically awry.
August Eve enters 2019 with a pair of powerful self-released projects: the double-single “You Already Know” and Ashes in a Vase, her debut EP, both of which she completely self-produced and on which she played and recorded every instrument.
Originally written in 2017, “You Already Know,” out now, is a slow-burning pop ballad with an alternative edge, anchored by lush, ethereal synths, mesmerizing guitars and August Eve’s alluring voice and longing lyrics. The track is paired with “Know Better,” a delicate breakup song that’s as heartbreaking as it is gorgeous.
Set for release in 2019, Ashes in a Vase, her four-track debut EP, illustrates August Eve’s evolved sound, matured songwriting and production skills and globally minded approach to music. Lead single “NGHYB” mixes a mischievous bossa nova bassline, Middle Eastern-flavored synth melodies, a menacing undertone and lyrics about coercion and manipulation. Elsewhere, on the dreamy “Tell Me RN,” August Eve fully flexes her impressive vocal range and dives into deep themes, while “Ashes” is laced with traces of modern R&B, neo soul and bedroom pop. The EP closes with “Blue,” a hazy R&B-pop track featuring a low-slung synthline, spacey synth chords and a vocal chorus thick with emotion.